Review: The church of Pergamos
Name: Mixed Marriage
Jesus' Attributes: He has the Word of God and will convict and will judge according to the truth of God's Word. There is no compromising of God's Word.
Commendations: They have been faithful to Jesus even in the midst of a city full of pagan worship. Even in the commendation there is a little concern. Jesus is implying as of yet they have been faithful but now...
Concerns:... though they, as a whole, are not encouraging false doctrine, yet there are a few who hold a doctrine of compromise and a doctrine of putting men as mediators between Jesus and us. Jesus despises both of these doctrines. He desires a holy people, set apart from this world. He desires a personal relationship with each one of us, He is the mediator between God and man.
Exhortation: Jesus will come and judge them with His word. Men of God will arise and reveal their foolishness through the Word of God; and worse, if they continue to hold these false doctrines, they will be judged by Jesus and earn their condemnation.
Promise: He who overcomes will eat the hidden manna and receive a white stone with a name (of Jesus) in which only that person will know. Basically, this personal relationship doesn't stop after we die but continues through eternity. Look at how personal and unique our relationship is with Christ. I will be given a name of Jesus that only I will know! Thank you, Lord.
FYI: Pergamos, at the time of this letter, was the home of Satan. It is good to know that Satan is not omnipresent. He can only be at one place at one time. Therefore, Satan is not the opposite of God but just a creation of God full of sin that will be judged and receive his just reward: Eternal Damnation. Greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world.